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To Do: Valentine’s Day Week (It’s Like Birthday Week)

I have no idea why I named this blog post after Valentine’s Day. We’re not huge celebrators of the day, though we usually give it a nod, so don’t get the idea that I’ve strung hearts up everywhere and dipped everything in chocolate. I have not.

It’s just, you know, Valentine’s Day is this week, I’m struggling for a name, bada bing.

  • Renew our passports. MAILED!
  • Work out twice in the gym this week, and take the stairs up with the dogs at least three times this week. Stairs twice, gym once, let’s call it good. Ongoing goal, here.
  • Listen to podcasts on my commute. Again. Nope. Try again later.
  • Find a raincoat for Steve. Found! Gotta love 6PM.COM. I found a really great slim-fit, actually-rain-proof Merrell trench for $65.
  • Commit to “No Eating Out February.” So far, so good. Meals are planned for this week and we’re not sad about not being able to grab whatever whenever. Ok, I’m sad about it a little bit (Chipotle just smells so good when I’m walking home in the cold…) but I’ll survive!
  • Finish sending stuff to Twice and ThredUp. Waiting for responses, and I have a final Twice bag. Not enough to send it off yet, but there’s no real rush.
  • Assess under-bed storage. Ok, I think that the sheets and blankets will fit nicely under there, just need to make the switch. This week!
  • Begin to map out our London/Paris/Normandy trip! We booked our flights and hotels for our trip to London, Paris, and Normandy this June. We’ll have about four days in each city, and a day trip out to Normandy, so it’s plenty of time to see, eat, and enjoy the cities. We’re trying to figure out what to do/eat in each place, and that’s fun. I’ve been to London (once for a week, once for a month-long internship in law school), so that’s old hat for me, but Paris and I haven’t seen each other in over ten years (and then, it was only for two rushed days!). I don’t actually speak French, though I can fumble my way through with a convincing accent, so I’ll be brushing up on my sil vous plaits and what nots.
  • Find something productive for Sundays. Steve has his EMT class three times a week now: Tuesday evening, Thursday evening (before his overnight), and Sunday, all day. Aside from meal planning and packing, I need to find something to do on Sundays. I mean, watching Golden Girls on Amazon Prime, in my PJs with coffee and (later) wine until he gets home is a thing to do, but not exactly the ideal thing to do. Cooking is an option, as is a long walk with the dogs as the weather improves…

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Right now, our plans look like a roasted rabbit and a bottle of wine. And that works for me.
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To Do: Rush Week

Nope, I’m not pledging a greek organization. I’m just realizing that it is presently lunchtime on Tuesday, and we are leaving for a long weekend in Rhode Island on Thursday evening. And I have to do ALL THE THINGS. At work, mostly–busy calendar–but still.

My long weekend was mostly great: early release from work and a happy hour on Friday with the darling husband, followed by dinner and lazy TV watching. Saturday I slept in, then hit the salon for a keratin treatment and a cut. We met Hala for a very DC dinner, complete with a stop by the White House. Sunday, we went shopping with a friend, but about halfway through the day I started to have an allergy attack that knocked me on my ass the rest of Sunday and all of Monday. Fun pool plans were cancelled as a result, but we’ll get there!

I’ll admit, I didn’t do great last week, and my expectations are low for this week…

  • Eat dinner from a salad plate, unless its a salad. I quit.
  • Hit the pool at least two times during the week, and three times this weekend (before it closes!).Ok, we went one time. Once. Not three or five. One. Whatever, they extended the pool season.
  • Get back to the habit of eating breakfast. I think I actually did this!
  • Get a manicure and pedicure. …Eventually I’ll look human again.
  • Use up the stupid potatoes from the CSA. Homefries, twice-baked sweet potatoes, done. All I have left are like 4 measly baby potatoes…
  • Put away my clothes and laundry before we leave for RI. I don’t want to leave a mess, then come home to it.
  • Pick up only enough food to last through Thursday lunch. I don’t want to be throwing crap away on Sunday when I return, I might as well just buy most of it then.

Rushing along to Thursday night, now.

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Getting an Early Jump on the Holidays

Ok, so it is the half-way point in November. But, my friends, I have gotten an early jump on the impending holiday season. And I am a-ok with it.

I usually bemoan The Christmas Creep. You know it: Christmas decorations making a full-force come on in October (before Halloween?! yes), the radio stations playing ONLY Christmas tunes starting on November first, and–worst of all (to me)–Hallmark Channel’s refusal to play anything other than nauseating Christmas garbage…edging out my beloved Frasier and Golden Girls (devoid of  salty language, though they may be).

But this year, in my frozen pit of doom that I’m wallowing in, I’m embracing it. Bring on the Christmas decorations at Lowes! Bring on the Christmas Pandora station! Bring on the Christmas movies Love, Actually! I’m looking forward to the holiday season this year because it will be joyous and merry and bright, regardless of everything else going on in this world. It’s the one time of year when people are, whether they like it or not, expected to be jolly and cheery and loving, and dammit, I expect that, so bring. it. on.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have started my Christmas shopping. In fact, I have almost obliterated my shopping list. I grant you, it is not a long and complicated list: we buy tangible gifts for our parents, Nana, and some siblings, our niece and nephew (the most fun to buy for, of course!), and some close friends. Everyone else gets a hug and a card and a bottle of something boozy if we remember. We buy only one or two things for one another, and we fill each other’s stocking. We buy gifts for the pups…though those are usually eaten or destroyed immediately (oh, terriers). We don’t expect lavish gifts, and we don’t give them. We like thoughtful and meaningful gifts for our loved ones, and practical and useful gifts for each other. Two years in a row, we bought ourselves (together) floor cleaning appliances. No regrets, yo.

This year is no different.

The best part is that we typically decide what we’ll get for folks early on–usually September/Octoberish–then start slowly accumulating. It’s super easy. See, once upon a time, a few nerds invented this thing that makes holiday shopping painless. The Internet.

Duh.

It’s not only helped me do a ton of shopping already, but I’ve ordered our holiday greeting cards, too. I love sending cards, but–and this sounds awful–I hate hand writing the greetings each year (we have a biggggg pool of card recipients!), so I sprang for the customized printed cards (no awkward photo of just us, or just our dogs…), and that is that. I can handle addressing the envelopes.

Today, I made the invitations for our now-annual Holiday Open House gathering. Easy peasy. Seriously. They look great, but were  simple and painless and they only took me a few choruses of Mele Kalikimaka and All I Want For Christmas Is You to crank out. Of course, I’m not actually done with them yet (erm…minor detail), but that requires a trip to my printer (all the way upstairs, ugh) and some glue dots, so not too bad.

It occurs to me, of course, that I haven’t thought too much about Thanksgiving, but that’s the beauty of Thanksgiving. If you are not hosting the dinner, and you have your marching orders for what you will contribute to the dinner(s) you are attending, you are done. Sit back, enjoy a glass (or 11) of wine, and offer your help to the hostess/stay out of her way if she tells you to. Well, that’s been my M.O. for a while, at least.

Next weekend, I can probably finish my shopping. Place a few more orders, visit a few more local shops, and stow it all away to be remembered around December 20th. I’ll send out my party invites and holiday cards around Thanksgiving–late this year, huh?!–and enjoy the rest of the season as it should be: next to a fire, with the ones you love, drinking.